The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with the Top 50 players to watch in the season. We will be providing one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1. We continue our list today with senior righthander Preston Guilmet from the University of Arizona.
The Citrus Heights California native busted onto the national scene at Oakmont High School in Roseville California where he had a record of 9-1 with three saves and an ERA of 0.50. His senior season included eight complete games with five shutouts as he only allowed five earned runs in 70.1 innings of work while striking out 114 while only walking 10 batters. He ended up picking up the Oakmont High School Athlete of the Year award in 2004 and 2005.
Preston jumped right into the middle of the Arizona rotation in the 2006 season which was his freshman season. He ended up finishing the season as the number 1 starter after an injury to Eric Berger in early March. He struggled with the Friday role as he finished the season with a 3-7 record with a 4.80 ERA in a team high 93.2 innings while striking out 87 batters.
Guilmet had a breakout season in 2007 which saw him go 12-2 with an ERA of 1.87 with five complete games including two shutouts. The 12 wins where the most for an Arizona starter since Scott Erickson in the 1989 season. He ended up tying a career and season record by winning the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week three times in 2007.
In 2008, Guilmet could not repeat his 2007 season as he ended up finishing the season with a 6-4 record and a 4.38 ERA. He ended up leading the team in innings pitched with 96.2 and strike outs with 93. He struggled with his control with 22 walks, 18 wild pitches, and hitting eight batters. He ended up being selected in the 22nd round (664th overall) by the Oakland A’s but did not come to terms which brought him back for his senior season.
We believe that Preston will continue to dominate in the Pac-10 conference leading the Wildcats back to the NCAA Tournament after a Super Regional appearance last season. He has a 87-88 MPH fastball which keeps him from getting to the great college level but is one of the best pitchers in the nation right now.
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